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(UPDATE, 6:20 P.M.) MANILA, Philippines - After clearing an 11th bout with pneumonia, Comedy King Dolphy is now contending with apparent kidney problems, his son, Ronnie Quizon, told News5 on Wednesday.
On Wednesday evening, Dolphy's son, actor-director Eric Quizon said his father is in "very critical condition". He added that Dolphy was responsive but not talking, and was drifting in and out of consciousness.
Doctors placed Dolphy back on a respirator after allowing him to breathe on his own for about six hours on Monday, Quizon said.
"All the doctors said was that his condition is very critical," Quizon told News5 acnhor Cheryl Cosim on Radyo Singko 92.3 NewsFM. "Anything can happen."
The actor-director called on the public to "continue praying for my father, we believe in the power of prayer," even as he thanked "everyone for the love and support they have already shown."
The legendary actor, arguably the most revered icon in Philippine entertainment, was the subject of hopeful and optimistic statements from his family on Tuesday, with his son, Eric , saying Dolphy was successfully emerging from another bout with pneumonia, the original reason for his hospitalization.
On Wednesday, however, Ronnie Quizon said other issues have come up that have doctors concerned. "Medyo critical," Quizon told News5 when asked for an update on his father's state. Doctors are now monitoring the elder Quizon's kidneys, he said, adding that Dolphy needed a blood transfusion.
"Not so good," a text message from Ronnie said. "All we know right now is that his kidney is not doing so well, and that he needs blood (B+) for transfusion. Not a lot, but ASAP, because his hemoglobin is low."
Dolphy's relatives went to the hospital on Wednesday. Also there was actress Maricel Soriano, who had worked with Dolphy as a young child actress, playing his daughter in "John 'n' Marsha", one of the most successful comedy series in Philippine TV history, and her talent manager Dolor Guevarra.
The Quizon family is now waiting for a medical advice from Dolphy's physicians before they could give details about the health condition of the actor, who will be turning 84 next month.